Sunday, November 16, 2014

A Capital Puzzle?

Here is this week's NPR Sunday Puzzle:
Name a country. Drop one of its letters. Rearrange the remaining letters to name this country's money. What is it?
I got this sooner than Ross did. Here's a hint: It's not the French Franc, which has been replaced by the Euro.

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Time for

This is where we ask you how many entries you think NPR will get for the challenge above. If you want to win, leave a comment with your guess for the range of entries NPR will receive. First come first served, so read existing comments before you guess. Or skip the comments and send an email with your pick to Magdalen (at) Crosswordman (dot) com. Ross and I guess last, just before we publish the Thursday post. After the Thursday post is up, the entries are closed.

The winner gets a choice: they can receive a puzzle book of our choosing or they can ask that a charitable contribution is made in the winner's honor. As of this week, we are providing an alternative to the Red Cross. If the winner wishes, we will make a contribution to his/her NPR station. Send us the call letters and we'll do the rest.

Nearly 400 entries for the flawed IZOD, so Maggie Strasser is our winner. This week should yield more entries, don't you think?

Here are the ranges:
Fewer than 50       
51 - 100
101 - 150
151 - 200
201 - 250
251 - 300
301 - 350
351 - 400
401 - 450
451 - 500

501 - 550
551 - 600
601 - 650
651 - 700
701 - 750
751 - 800
801 - 850
851 - 900
901 - 950
951 - 1,000
1,001 - 1,050         
1,051 - 1,100
1,101 - 1,150
1,151 - 1,200
1,201 - 1,250
1,251 - 1,300
1,301 - 1,350
1,351 - 1,400
1,401 - 1,450
1,451 - 1,500

1,501 - 1,550
1,551 - 1,600
1,601 - 1,650
1,651 - 1,700
1,701 - 1,750
1,751 - 1,800
1,801 - 1,850
1,851 - 1,900
1,901 - 1,950
1,951 - 2,000
2,001 - 2,050
2,051 - 2,100
2,101 - 2,150
2,151 - 2,200
2,201 - 2,250
2,251 - 2,300
2,301 - 2,350
2,351 - 2,400
2,401 - 2,450
2,451 - 2,500

2,501 - 2,750
2,751 - 3,000
3,001 - 3,250
3,251 - 3,500
3,501 - 4,000
4,001 - 4,500
4,501 - 5,000

More than 5,000
More than 5,000 and it sets a new record.
Our tie-break rule:   In the event that a single round number is announced with a qualifier such as "about" or "around" (e.g., "We received around 1,200 entries."), the prize will be awarded to the entrant who picked the range including that precise number, e.g., 551 - 600 wins if the announced range is "around 600." We retain the discretion to award the prize to an entrant who picked the adjacent range (e.g., 601-650) if that entrant had not already won a prize. In the event that both entrants had won a prize already or neither had, then to the earlier of the two entries on the famous judicial principle of "First Come First Serve," (or in technical legal jargon, "You Snooze, You Lose").  As of January, 2014, this rule is officially even more complicated than it's ever been, but at least it's consistent with what we actually do..


Anonymous said...

It's early, and I haven't gotten around to solving it yet, but I'll go with 351 - 400.

Maggie Strasser said...

751 - 800 please.

I'd like a donation made to WAMC. Thanks!

Mendo Jim, B.C. said...

I love puzzles involving countries of the world. They make me wonder if some of them really exist or are part of a huge joke.
Just for two this time: Wallis and Futuna (perhaps a poorly known ventriloqist and friend) and Transnistria (which I should have reconized as Придністровська Молдавська Республіка).

These wonders have stymied my solution progress, having stuck on a plural answer.

I also hesitate to pick a Range for fear of choosing another non-existent one.

Henry BW said...

France and Franc would not be valid, because there is no rearranging. Iordan and Dinar work only in classical Latin. And I am still trying to figure out what island is an anagram of East Caribbean Dollar (plus one free letter).
My usual 1051-1100, please.

David said...

1001 to 1050, please.

legolambda said...

251-300 for me, please.

Magdalen, you may be pleased to know that I've finally gotten over my too-much-time-on-my-hands-in-which-I've-buried-my-clock-face fixation. Thanks for helping talk me down off the ledge.

Mendo Jim, B.C.,
I love your funky font/alphabet! BTW, I trust no one here begrudges you your winning Pick A Range selection recently. The range you picked was not non-existent, is was just not quite as inclusive as it might have been. It was like you went to a big-box appliance store to pick out a new electric range, only later to find that it was missing the 50-watt bulb for its oven light.

BTW #2, Will Shortz' Shoez are way too large for Mr. Lambda's tiny feats. Thank you, though.


Mendo Jim, B.C. said...

As in "luv to bite they little heads off, nibble on they tiny feets?"

legolambda said...

Mendo Jim B.C.,


Why did I subconsciously write “tiny feats” rather than “little feats”? Kliban! I used to have that T-shirt, and Kliban bed sheets, for Pete’s sake!

I am a lifelong cat-lover. Love dogs and other critters, too.

Kliban and Gary Larson are cartoon geniuses, especially regarding their creature cartoons (Blah, Blah, Ginger” is laugh-out-loud hilarious..

But I also had “Little Feat” on my mind. Another genius is Lowell George.

Thanks, MJBC, for jogging those memories from my cobwebby gray matter.


Ross Beresford said...

Congratulations Maggie. I just made a $10 donation to WAMC in your honor.

Paul said...

If the USA ever returns to the gold standard, I think I'll head for Bictonia. 999, please.

Mendo Jim, B.C. said...

OK, Paul, you got me.
What or where is Bictonia?

Paul said...

Bictonia is a fictional country, a product of my unruly imagination. It's official currency is bitcoin.

Mendo Jim, B.C. said...

As this chapter of the X Word man blog draws to a close, I would like to beg b. curmudgeonly indulgence to go off topic.
Is there any real advantage to zip all over the Jeopardy board willy-nilly apparently to find Daily Doubles?
Several recent players in general and the obnoxious Arthur in particular seem to think so.

B. Haven said...

301 - 350, please. Best to all puzzle solvers and those who love them.

B. Haven said...

301 - 350, please. Best to all puzzle solvers and those who love them.

Word Woman said...

501-550, please.